The typical client of a California criminal lawyer seeks legal representation for charges issued by a law enforcement officer, but sometimes, authorities find themselves on the other side of the table, facing charges of their own. Those in the criminal justice field still must obey the same ordinances that they are responsible for protecting, and when they don't, they not only risk jeopardizing their careers, they will more than likely make themselves a top headline in the news.
On February 13, Remington Orr, 24, was detained by his employer, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, on suspicion of attempting to supply inmates at Men's Central Jail with cocaine.
"Obviously, if anybody tries to do this they will be caught, arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," L.A. County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore told the Los Angeles Times. "This is absolutely unacceptable as well as illegal. Nobody is above the law."
Orr, a custody assistant at the jail, was heading to work on Monday when authorities arrested him. The detention followed a four-week Sheriff's Department investigation of allegations that Orr was providing inmates with drugs. He has since been charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, transportation of a controlled substance with the intent to sell and bribery, according to a press release.
L.A. County deputies have been cracking down on drug trafficking in their jails. The L.A. Times reports that three sheriff's guards have been convicted of smuggling or attempting to smuggle narcotics into jail in recent years, despite unique methods of importing the substances. Just last month, a 27-year-old L.A. County sheriff's deputy was charged with allegedly sneaking a heroin-filled burrito into a courthouse jail with the intent of supplying the drug to inmates.
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